Miletus definition by Webster's New World
ancient city in Ionia, SW Asia Minor
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- Milesian adjective, noun
Miletus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An ancient Ionian city of western Asia Minor in present-day Turkey. Occupied by Greeks c. 1000 B.C., it became an important trading and colonizing settlement and also flourished as a center of learning. The city declined after its harbor silted up early in the Christian era.